Carter ruled out for All Blacks

NZ Newswire Updated November 24, 2012, 8:03 am

Injury has ruled world-class first five-eighth Dan Carter out of the All Blacks side to face Wales in Cardiff on Sunday (NZT).

Aaron Cruden will replace Carter, who suffered the injury at training this week that resulted in swelling to his right Achilles tendon.

Coach Steve Hansen brought Beauden Barrett onto the reserve bench after the Taranaki playmaker was cleared of any serious rib damage which had been causing him pain.

Hansen described the Carter decision as precautionary and it was unclear whether the 30-year-old would be fit to play in the final tour match against England at Twickenham next week.

"Looks like there's a 50-50 chance, a 60-40 chance so we'll just wait and see what happens. "If it was a World Cup final, you'd look at it totally differently but it's not, and we've got a really capable young man as a back-up, so it's just not worth the risk."

While disappointed for Carter, Hansen was confident in their back-up plan.

"We've been here and done that not that long ago (June) in Hamilton against Ireland, and that day didn't turn out to bad, so hopefully it's a sign of things to come."

Carter was a standout performer against Scotland in New Zealand's tour-opening defeat of Scotland in Edinburgh, his 93rd Test. Cruden started the Test against Italy in Rome last weekend.

Earlier on Saturday Carter tweeted a picture of the All Blacks' final training run inside Millennium Stadium. In the same post, he said: "Gutted not to be playing with these boys in this stadium tomorrow".

Halfback Aaron Smith moved freely at that same session after having been hampered this week by a knee niggle.

"Smithy's fine and come through training good. The strapping made a big difference to him and he's confident."

Revised All Blacks team: Israel Dagg, Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Julian Savea, Aaron Cruden, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (capt), Liam Messam, Sam Whitelock, Luke Romano, Owen Franks, Andrew Hore, Tony Woodcock. Reserves: Ben Smith, Beauden Barrett, Piri Weepu, Victor Vito, Brodie Retallick, Charlie Faumuina, Wyatt Crockett, Dane Coles.

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  1. Perplexed10:56am Saturday 24th November 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    Fisher, You are right to an exstent but they never played anything like these modern players do, I mean Its prety much 11months off the year, from ITM to super15,to ABs. I mean they`ll hardly get christmas & it`ll be back to boot camp to prepare for super15 again

  2. Fisher_nz10:50am Saturday 24th November 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    What amazes me is all the injuries the All Blacks suffer.They have so many support staff and fitness trainers around them ,the mind boggles.Back in the early days when most of them were FARMERS there was never the level of injuries there are now.They were very fit Hard men of the land,not like the pussies of today,,LMFAO

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  3. Lisa09:53am Saturday 24th November 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    Yep no need to worry as the Mighty Chiefs player will step up and do us proud :) Gee these cantabs really are on there way out arent they :)

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  4. Mr B09:09am Saturday 24th November 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    Well said il Duce. When ever Carter doesnt play and Cruden does , the opposition see that as an opportunity. Cruden however is more than up for it and his play has matured greatly in the last 18 months. He has awesome support all around him and a great skill set himself. Just ask the Irish

  5. il Duce08:57am Saturday 24th November 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    Not too worried about it.... it all stems from the time he broke his leg in France...he's had this problem ever since. In any case the Ab's have won the RWC without him and will go on winning when he's unable to take the field. If Sir Ted accomplished just one thing, it is the philosophy of building depth and hence the ability of the AB's to replace marquee players with talented understudies.

  6. Perplexed08:39am Saturday 24th November 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    I think theres to much empisis on the greats Instead off using them too teach the young up an comers,& lets face it theres no shortage off them.Time to drop this loyalty thing & pick on form at that point in time. I mean if for instance,Riche is still the best no7 when hes had his 6month break,then pick him. If not well let the best come though.

  7. Lisa08:36am Saturday 24th November 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    Dam it Dan....look after yourself...good idea not playing him...cruden will be fine against the welsh....hopefully dan will be fighting fit for the english next week.....goooooooooooooo the AB's!!! :)

  8. ron08:24am Saturday 24th November 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    Yes that body is getting a tad brittle and will need to be carefully managed if DC is to make it to the next RWC. The great thing about the ABs is they can pretty much deal to any other team without him such is the depth of talent in this country. I still wouldn't mind betting he'll gap it offshore soon and we may not have him for 2015.

  9. Perplexed08:22am Saturday 24th November 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    Yea true Doc, But yet that Cruden played real well last week ah.Prob needs to work on his place kicks a bit mind. But that`ll come with practise ah.

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  10. 07:37am Saturday 24th November 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    If there's any twinge of an Injury ... get Dan Into the Treatment Room ... we want him Fit & Ready for England ... good choice Coach ... look after him


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